BFW Night 2 - What I Wore!

3:45 PM

Last night was my second night heading out to enjoy Birmingham Fashion Week, and this is what I wore.
One of the greatest things about living in a "driving city" is that coats are optional.  I can park nearby and make a mad dash to my venue while still warm from my car.  So this lightweight blazer was enough even in 38 degree weather.
This is my second version of Simplicity 2446.  And I made some great changes that makes this pattern a "TNT" winner for me.  
  • I lengthened the jacket by 1".
  • I lengthened the sleeves by 1".  Even though they hit at my wrist bones, I feel they could've been a smidge longer.
  • I omitted the tiny, useless pockets.  But kept the faux pocket flaps.  This type of detail bothers some, but not me.  Sure, beautifully made welt pockets one a blazer is a wonderful detail (that I'll probably be making soon), but not necessary for me.  It's not like I'm going to be shoving my keys and cell in there anytime soon.
  • I tapered in the back and also the side seams.
  • I created a center back seam and added a vent.
  • I changed the front to a single button closure.
  • And I added a contrasting piping to the lining.
For the fabric, I used a cobalt blue gabardine from my stash.  And for the lining,  matching crepe back satin.
Here is a closeup of the brushed gold dome buttons.
The pant are Simplicity 2562.  They were never really the length I wanted them to be for a leg that wide, so I altered them.  They were almost in the Goodwill pile, but I thought that would be such a lost.  So I just changed the leg.

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44 comments

  1. Very nice outfit and love the piping detail inside.

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  2. You look so cute and Springtime! I love the colors and the hair in a bun. But I would have screamed if you had thrown away those nice yellow pants. Even with the flared legs they were still sharp!

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    1. Onefromphilly, it was one of those moments that I look back on and think, I could've ended up kicking myself! Thanks!

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  3. I think your total outfit is gorgeous. I love cobolt and yellow together. I think tapering the leg totally saved a great pair of pants.

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    1. Thanks Lashell... me too!

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  4. Great look. I really like the "skinny" jeans! TFS

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  5. What a breath of fresh Spring air! You look terrific in these bright colors. I love the jacket color and piping detail. Great save on the pants, and your bag and shoes are perfect. Another stunning outfit!

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  6. You've done a great job tailoring that pattern.

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  7. Gorgeous details on the jacket! I'm loving the piping!

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  8. Perfect fit, perfect color. Love it!

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  9. It's perfect! I love it :) And the colors with the pipping ... Amazing !!

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  10. Great looking outfit.

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  11. omg, what a fantastic combination of colours - cobalt, yellow & a pop of pink in the clutch. Who would have thought they could all work so well together (the clever Erica B, of course!). Lovin' the shoes too! All very schmick!

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  12. You've created a very interesting jacket. I'm sure you turned a few heads at BFW!

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  13. You are such an inspiration Erica! Every time I come to your blog, I go away smiling; content and satisfied. I love the way you play with colours. These suit you so so well!!! You make me want to attempt the jacket by the way ;-)

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    1. Thanks Naan, you should!

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  14. tu es très jolie dans cette tenue!

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  15. I really love that cobalt blue colour, the jacket is gorgeous and I love the piped detail you added to the lining.

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  16. I so love the color combination. The jacket and pants are marvelous.

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  17. This is amazing. LOVE this outfit. Excellent color and beautiful style. You look amazing!

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  18. I really admire the way you make jacket after jacket and so beautifully. Great outfit and great save with the pants!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn. Sometimes it's just wonderful to have a single project to work on for a few days.

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  19. Erica, everything about you is fabulous! Loving your eyebrows!

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    1. Thanks Sheri! I've received a few comments on my brows. I guess it's because my hair is pulled back. LOL

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  20. Loving the bold color combination! The jacket is gorgeous and the blue really pops.

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  21. This outfit looks great on you. Love your natural hair.The hard work (growing out) pays off.

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    1. It does... thanks Denise!

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  22. I must leave a comment that you are rocking out this outfit. Totally cool and what an excellent job on the jacket. love the piping detail as well. I always enjoy reding what you are up to. ;)

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